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an alternate cover edition can be found here The annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, once the home of James and Dolley Madison, are the high point in the social calendar of the horse-mad Virginians of cozy Crozet. The race meet offers a cracking good time with old friends and a chance to get even—on the racecourse—with old enemies. Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haris an alternate cover edition can be found here The annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, once the home of James and Dolley Madison, are the high point in the social calendar of the horse-mad Virginians of cozy Crozet. The race meet offers a cracking good time with old friends and a chance to get even—on the racecourse—with old enemies. Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen will be in the thick of the action on this day of high spirits and fierce competition. But the glorious thoroughbreds and the pinks and greens and purples worn by the riders do not blind Harry to the dangerous undercurrents that start to surface. There's sure to be some emotional fireworks at Montpelier. Still, no one expects the day to end in tragedy. Found dead in the main barn is one of the day's riders, a knife plunged through the jockey's heart. The only clue is a playing card, the Queen of Clubs, impaled over the fatal wound. Within the wealthy, tight-knit world of horse owners, trainers, and jockeys, the victim had both admirers and enemies. Was the murderer's motive greed, drugs--a pervasive evil in the race world—or sexual rivalry? Luckily for Crozet's humans, the tiger cat Mrs. Murphy is right at home in the stable yard...and on the trail of the shocking truth. But will Harry catch on in time to stop a killer grown bloodthirsty with success? In Murder, She Meowed Sneaky Pie Brown and her co-author, Rita Mae Brown, have penned another clever and sassy mystery that probes the depths of human depravity and the heights of feline genius.


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an alternate cover edition can be found here The annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, once the home of James and Dolley Madison, are the high point in the social calendar of the horse-mad Virginians of cozy Crozet. The race meet offers a cracking good time with old friends and a chance to get even—on the racecourse—with old enemies. Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haris an alternate cover edition can be found here The annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, once the home of James and Dolley Madison, are the high point in the social calendar of the horse-mad Virginians of cozy Crozet. The race meet offers a cracking good time with old friends and a chance to get even—on the racecourse—with old enemies. Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen will be in the thick of the action on this day of high spirits and fierce competition. But the glorious thoroughbreds and the pinks and greens and purples worn by the riders do not blind Harry to the dangerous undercurrents that start to surface. There's sure to be some emotional fireworks at Montpelier. Still, no one expects the day to end in tragedy. Found dead in the main barn is one of the day's riders, a knife plunged through the jockey's heart. The only clue is a playing card, the Queen of Clubs, impaled over the fatal wound. Within the wealthy, tight-knit world of horse owners, trainers, and jockeys, the victim had both admirers and enemies. Was the murderer's motive greed, drugs--a pervasive evil in the race world—or sexual rivalry? Luckily for Crozet's humans, the tiger cat Mrs. Murphy is right at home in the stable yard...and on the trail of the shocking truth. But will Harry catch on in time to stop a killer grown bloodthirsty with success? In Murder, She Meowed Sneaky Pie Brown and her co-author, Rita Mae Brown, have penned another clever and sassy mystery that probes the depths of human depravity and the heights of feline genius.

30 review for Murder, She Meowed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randee

    It is now five for five. Among my many reading goals, one is to read all the books in the 'Mrs. Murphy" series in chronological order. This story was especially good (although I've liked the previous four) or I am becoming more and more vested in Mrs. Murphy, Tucker, Pewter and their friends with each book. It would be hard not to be more entertained as I get to know them and their adventures better. What I truly enjoy about this series is the banter between the animals. They are quite the comed It is now five for five. Among my many reading goals, one is to read all the books in the 'Mrs. Murphy" series in chronological order. This story was especially good (although I've liked the previous four) or I am becoming more and more vested in Mrs. Murphy, Tucker, Pewter and their friends with each book. It would be hard not to be more entertained as I get to know them and their adventures better. What I truly enjoy about this series is the banter between the animals. They are quite the comedic characters and their relationship with one another reminds me very much of my own cats. Cats and dogs are not unlike people in that they have their distinct personality traits. Having three cats makes me quite aware of the naughty and the nice. Snaps to Rita Mae Brown for writing such an entertaining series!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I'm actually reviewing the audio version of this book which I listened to over the course of about a week (give or take) while sewing for craft shows. I had never read any of this series, but I really enjoyed hearing it narrated. The animals talking to each other about the murder was such a fun addition. I'm not sure if I would have appreciated it as much or been as entertained had I simply read it, but hearing the various cats, mice, horses and Tucker, the Corgi talk to one another was so much I'm actually reviewing the audio version of this book which I listened to over the course of about a week (give or take) while sewing for craft shows. I had never read any of this series, but I really enjoyed hearing it narrated. The animals talking to each other about the murder was such a fun addition. I'm not sure if I would have appreciated it as much or been as entertained had I simply read it, but hearing the various cats, mice, horses and Tucker, the Corgi talk to one another was so much fun! I had a good idea about halfway through as to who the killer was, but I enjoyed listening and getting swayed by some of the red herrings along the way. This was an enjoyable narrator to listen to, the story was entertaining as well as intriguing, and I might just see what other audio titles I can borrow from the series now that I've heard one. I probably should start with book one. ;)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    It was okay; not really a favorite.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    This was cute as always. The animals were a bit high handed in this one, but it was okay. Sometimes cozy mysteries are very easy to figure out who is the bad guy, and sometimes it comes out of left field. I had an inkling as to who it was, then I would change my mind, but yeah, it was who I thought. Still was interesting though, as I've never really read a book involving horse racing. This was cute as always. The animals were a bit high handed in this one, but it was okay. Sometimes cozy mysteries are very easy to figure out who is the bad guy, and sometimes it comes out of left field. I had an inkling as to who it was, then I would change my mind, but yeah, it was who I thought. Still was interesting though, as I've never really read a book involving horse racing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lois Keller

    You know how people are always looking for a light hearted read after a depressing and intellectually challenging book? This is the PERFECT (or should I say, PURRFECT) book for those situations. There isn't a whole lot of depth to this book, and the logical train of the thought gets derailed in the first chapter. You'll often find yourself reading about random tidbits here and there that are completely irrelevant; i.e. certain characters cooking abilities, interjections by the animals, and many You know how people are always looking for a light hearted read after a depressing and intellectually challenging book? This is the PERFECT (or should I say, PURRFECT) book for those situations. There isn't a whole lot of depth to this book, and the logical train of the thought gets derailed in the first chapter. You'll often find yourself reading about random tidbits here and there that are completely irrelevant; i.e. certain characters cooking abilities, interjections by the animals, and many many more. One recurring theme though is that men are tramps and will leave a woman no matter how much they love them. It's interesting to note the lack of committed, satisfied relationships in this book (even the cats), and the ones that are 'together' are either together because of money or because it is a may-december romance. I think Rita Mae Brown may be holding a small grudge against an ex of hers... Anyways, this book is mostly light hearted and fun. Yes, people are murdered which adds a little damper to the book, but Rita Mae Brown makes it clear that if you don't do cocaine or lead men on you will be fine (unless you are the psychopathic murderer yourself). I found most of this book to be completely unrealistic fiction, but it was fun at the same time (as long as you never try to take this book seriously). Despite the frequent cocaine references and blatant lack of prosecution for heavy cocaine use and possession (one of the characters has a kilo in her safety deposit box at one point, which the police know about and confiscate, and nothing happens to her. That would be a felony for anyone in the real world), I think this would make a good book to read to a 10 year old. I think as long as you make it clear that cocaine is never a good idea, Rita Mae Brown takes care of the rest (you abuse = you die). Oh yes, liking cats and dogs is a must to read this book. They are the real heroes in the end :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debra Scott

    Excellent cozy mystery. Didn’t figure it out. Love the voices of the animals.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Skye

    It was great jumping back into the Mrs. Murphy series after about a year away. I was a little turned off at first because of how in-depth the horse and steeplechase lingo and facts got, but as that was the entire setting, it quickly wore off as the excellent characters and mystery picked up speed. It took me a week to read this, usually during my lunch hour, but on this seventh day, I marathoned about half of it. What I love about these books are how quick the pacing is and I'm glued to keep readi It was great jumping back into the Mrs. Murphy series after about a year away. I was a little turned off at first because of how in-depth the horse and steeplechase lingo and facts got, but as that was the entire setting, it quickly wore off as the excellent characters and mystery picked up speed. It took me a week to read this, usually during my lunch hour, but on this seventh day, I marathoned about half of it. What I love about these books are how quick the pacing is and I'm glued to keep reading. The chapter frequency is great for pausing or changing perspective and I, of course, love the dialogue between all the animal as I myself love giving voices to animals and make up conversations. I really can't stress enough how great of a mood these books put me in. The feeling is always a longing for their country life and feeling that great sense of community despite all the murder and drugs that seem to occur for 20+ books now. I find myself wanting to live in Crozet. The mystery surrounding the murders of horse jockeys doesn't sound interesting to maybe the layperson such as myself, but I was right in there the whole time trying to piece together who the killer is. The inclusion of inheritance, a previous missing person/murder, drugs, and jealousy all ensnare this community to band together to weasel out who the killer is. I guessed right before the reveal whodunnit and was glad to be correct, but I was unable to get it right the whole time. This series is great to follow all the characters and I enjoy growing with them and seeing who comes and goes. Like I forgot about Blair until he's mentioned towards the end. I'm glad he'll be returning sometime and fighting with Fair over Harry. BoomBoom and her Lifeline therapy was really funny, but I don't think a first-time reader would get it if they didn't read the previous books to follow her arc. Harry's abilities to help solve these mysteries is really outstanding and her pets are just hilarious at giving her the business. It's like the author was a cat in a past life. I can't wait to start the next book and I highly recommend this to fans of the series. I guess starting with any book is okay since the (daunting) character list in the beginning gives some background info, but I really recommend reading in chronological order.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Oceana2602

    Ok, I'm going to do a standard review for the rest of the Mrs. Murphy books I read, because I really can't think of something smart to say about every single one of them. Actually, it's hard to come up with something smart to say about any one of them, because they are not really smart books. Though, no, that's not true. They aren't trivial as such, they aren't too easy - or, in other words, they don't hurt my brain while I read them. But I think we can all agree that they are also not "great li Ok, I'm going to do a standard review for the rest of the Mrs. Murphy books I read, because I really can't think of something smart to say about every single one of them. Actually, it's hard to come up with something smart to say about any one of them, because they are not really smart books. Though, no, that's not true. They aren't trivial as such, they aren't too easy - or, in other words, they don't hurt my brain while I read them. But I think we can all agree that they are also not "great literature", and certainly not intellectually challenging, and as such, they are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. (that and the talking animals, of course) But they are pretty straight-forward crime stories, not overly complicated, but also never boring. They live from the interaction of the characters and the settings, both of which Brown handles brilliantly. That she also manages to make the reader fall in love with the characters, not only the familiar ones, but also the new ones she adds in each book, shows that a master she really is. And so I have no problem admitting that I have read and loved every single one of the Mrs. Murphy books, and I'm convinced that I'll continue to love them for as long as she continues to write them, which I hope will be until forever.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    This book was a delightful read. And Rita Mae Brown's characters come to life on the page. As usual it is up to the animals to steer the humans in the right direction to solve these murders. The backdrop is a a Steeples chase. Also, something was mysteriously buried in one of the horse stalls. When Ms Murphy and her owner Mary Harristien (Harry for short) get tangled up in the murders, well you know you are in for a ride. The writing is very colorful and the characters believable-but what makes This book was a delightful read. And Rita Mae Brown's characters come to life on the page. As usual it is up to the animals to steer the humans in the right direction to solve these murders. The backdrop is a a Steeples chase. Also, something was mysteriously buried in one of the horse stalls. When Ms Murphy and her owner Mary Harristien (Harry for short) get tangled up in the murders, well you know you are in for a ride. The writing is very colorful and the characters believable-but what makes this a great series is the voices and thoughts given to the animals about the humans around them. Want a light rollicking mystery? Try this book and let me know what you think. I listened to this book via NLS Talking Book Program

  10. 4 out of 5

    James

    I am a sucker for the dead body books and this one was unique. You get to try and solve the mystery with the help of the assorted animals and it really works. My first but not my last.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    I keep forgetting how much fun this series is. And I'm sure the animals are getting sassier. I keep forgetting how much fun this series is. And I'm sure the animals are getting sassier.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenevieve

    Review first posted on My Blog. It's the day of the annual steeplechase and Mary 'Harry' Haristeen is enjoying helping down at the track with her dog, Tucker. It's a day that the entire town looks forward to and the races this day are good, except for an altercation between two of the jockeys during one race where Linda whips at Nigel and he retaliates. Harry dutifully reports it but no one thinks anything further about it, until Nigel is found dead later that night, stabbed through the heart wit Review first posted on My Blog. It's the day of the annual steeplechase and Mary 'Harry' Haristeen is enjoying helping down at the track with her dog, Tucker. It's a day that the entire town looks forward to and the races this day are good, except for an altercation between two of the jockeys during one race where Linda whips at Nigel and he retaliates. Harry dutifully reports it but no one thinks anything further about it, until Nigel is found dead later that night, stabbed through the heart with the Queen of Clubs stuck to him. Unfortunately, within a few days he is joined by another jockey, this time with the Queen of Spades pinned to him. Now Harry's cat, Mrs. Murphy, puts her nose to the case but even once they find several clues, it's so hard to get the dang humans to pay attention to them. Can the animals point them in the right direction before it's too late to save another one? This is the 5th book in the series but the first one I read because this is the one my friend loaned me and my 11yr old is really getting into mysteries so I'm checking things out for him. Even though I hadn't read the previous books, I didn't feel like I was really missing anything in terms of backstory or understanding the characters relationships. This was cute, if fairly predictable but I doubt I'll read any more. I've read enough of this type to know that they tend to be pretty formulaic and get tedious after a while and there are just too many other more interesting books out there to read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, once the home of James and Dolley Madison, are the high point in the social calendar of the horse-mad Virginians of cozy Crozet. The race meet offers a cracking good time with old friends and a chance to get even--on the racecourse--with old enemies. Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen will be in the thick of the action on this day of high spirits and fierce competition. But the glorious thoroughbreds and the pinks and greens and purples worn by The annual steeplechase races at Montpelier, once the home of James and Dolley Madison, are the high point in the social calendar of the horse-mad Virginians of cozy Crozet. The race meet offers a cracking good time with old friends and a chance to get even--on the racecourse--with old enemies. Postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen will be in the thick of the action on this day of high spirits and fierce competition. But the glorious thoroughbreds and the pinks and greens and purples worn by the riders do not blind Harry to the dangerous undercurrents that start to surface. There's sure to be some emotional fireworks at Montpelier. Still, no one expects the day to end in tragedy. Found dead in the main barn is one of the day's riders, a knife plunged through the jockey's heart. The only clue is a playing card, the Queen of Clubs, impaled over the fatal wound. Within the wealthy, tight-knit world of horse owners, trainers, and jockeys, the victim had both admirers and enemies. Was the murderer's motive greed, drugs--a pervasive evil in the race world--or sexual rivalry? Luckily for Crozet's humans, the tiger cat Mrs. Murphy is right at home in the stable yard...and on the trail of the shocking truth. But will Harry catch on in time to stop a killer grown bloodthirsty with success? In Murder, She Meowed Sneaky Pie Brown and her co-author, Rita Mae Brown, have penned another clever and sassy mystery that probes the depths of human depravity and the heights of feline genius.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This is another delightful title in the Mrs. Murphy series, and I enjoyed it as much as the first four. I especially liked the details of steeplechasing in this novel, of which I knew nothing before, and so it was neat to learn about the dramas and illegalities that can go along with the sport. The characters continue to evolve and their relationships among one another are constantly changing and growing. In this title, the saucy Boom Boom Craycroft, a widow and once-lover of Harry's ex-husband F This is another delightful title in the Mrs. Murphy series, and I enjoyed it as much as the first four. I especially liked the details of steeplechasing in this novel, of which I knew nothing before, and so it was neat to learn about the dramas and illegalities that can go along with the sport. The characters continue to evolve and their relationships among one another are constantly changing and growing. In this title, the saucy Boom Boom Craycroft, a widow and once-lover of Harry's ex-husband Fair, has discovered an amazing new life-coaching program called Lifeline, and it was entertaining to see her trying to recruit Harry; most of us know someone like that. With every title in this series, I find myself liking Miranda Hogendobber more and more; she continues her baking endeavor--beloved by the Crozet residents with two and four legs--and reluctantly admits that she has developed a fondness for Mrs. Murphy, Tee Tucker, and Pewter. And speaking of Pewter, she becomes more of a key player and even a hero in this story! We also meet some new furry friends, a handsome older ginger tom named Rodger Dodger and his slinky tortie girlfriend Pusskin, who live in the luxurious stables of Mim Sanburne and provide some invaluable information about the two murders that have stricken the small Virginia town. These books are so much fun to read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lora Shouse

    This book was a re-read for me. But reading about Harry Harristeen and her friends and pets is always interesting, even the second time around. This time there has been a murder following the Montpelier Steeplechase event. One of the jockeys is found at the end of the day in one of the horse barns with a knife in his chest, plunged through a playing card. There are a lot of possible connections. He owed money. He did drugs. There was his girlfriend, another jockey who was also an heiress about to This book was a re-read for me. But reading about Harry Harristeen and her friends and pets is always interesting, even the second time around. This time there has been a murder following the Montpelier Steeplechase event. One of the jockeys is found at the end of the day in one of the horse barns with a knife in his chest, plunged through a playing card. There are a lot of possible connections. He owed money. He did drugs. There was his girlfriend, another jockey who was also an heiress about to come into her inheritance. Her brother was violently opposed to her relationship with the other jockey. And then there is the old case of the heiress’s mother, who disappeared five years earlier and hasn’t been seen since. She has been presumed dead, but no one knows for sure whether that is really the case, or whether she simply disappeared on purpose. There are other murders, and other complications as well. It takes Harry’s cat, Mrs. Murphy, and her dog, Tee Tucker, to uncover the real relevant clues to whodunnit, and to what exactly they did. Even after both the current case and the older one are solved, there are still other deaths that only the animals are aware of.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rob Smith, Jr.

    As I was heading to volunteer for three days of Kitty Con II in Tampa, Florida, i pushed myself to read one of this series. After reading a series of books I liked, the contrast i found with this one told me I really didn't care for this book. The worse part of this book, and I don't know if this is true of the series, is that all of the chjaracters have multiple names. Unfortunately, author Brown interchanges the names throughout, making following the tale very difficult. Oddly, a cast of charac As I was heading to volunteer for three days of Kitty Con II in Tampa, Florida, i pushed myself to read one of this series. After reading a series of books I liked, the contrast i found with this one told me I really didn't care for this book. The worse part of this book, and I don't know if this is true of the series, is that all of the chjaracters have multiple names. Unfortunately, author Brown interchanges the names throughout, making following the tale very difficult. Oddly, a cast of characters is listed prior to the start of the novel. yet, all of the various nicknames aren't included. The plot is standard mystery stuff. There is the odd approach as the humans attempt to figure the murderer and so do the critters. The effort is clunky and, I found, the plot was convoluted to force the dual investigators. The characters are weakly written. Much of the dialogue is similar. The critter dialogue is written as if that part of the novel was for children. A big difference in both cases is the surprising amount of cursing. I was over all unsatisfied with the book. The conclusion seemed more a calculated effort, than logical. The reasoning written was pretty far fetched. Bottom line: i don't recommend this book. 4 out of 10 points.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    Everyone in Crozet is excited about the upcoming steeplechase races. However, the murder of one of the jockeys puts a damper on things. As speculation runs wild, another jockey is murdered in a similar fashion. The police are at a loss as to who is committing murder in the sleepy little town of Crozet. However, Mrs Murphy is on the case. She enlists the aid of other animals in the area, including cats, horses, and even mice. Harry puts her own sleuthing skills to work, and she unearths a clue th Everyone in Crozet is excited about the upcoming steeplechase races. However, the murder of one of the jockeys puts a damper on things. As speculation runs wild, another jockey is murdered in a similar fashion. The police are at a loss as to who is committing murder in the sleepy little town of Crozet. However, Mrs Murphy is on the case. She enlists the aid of other animals in the area, including cats, horses, and even mice. Harry puts her own sleuthing skills to work, and she unearths a clue that may uncover a killer, or lead to her own death. Fantastic! Love these stories. The pace clips along, and I enjoy the interactions of the various animals almost more so than of the humans. The book didn't focus solely on the murder; Harry was left ducking Boom Boom, who wants her to attend group therapy with her, and she was also conflicted over her feelings for her ex-husband, Fair. Very good, great characterizations (even the animals!), convoluted plot, and satisfying resolution.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The beginning was a bit slow for me, as I'm not that interested in horse racing, but when the murders started and then the first clues - I was hooked! A very suspenseful book. I liked the chapters where the animals (primarily cats and dogs) do some digging (pun intended) on their own, but I would've liked if there was a bit more 'interaction' between the humans trying to solve the murders and the animals, instead of the animals trying to get the human's attention and getting ignored. There are s The beginning was a bit slow for me, as I'm not that interested in horse racing, but when the murders started and then the first clues - I was hooked! A very suspenseful book. I liked the chapters where the animals (primarily cats and dogs) do some digging (pun intended) on their own, but I would've liked if there was a bit more 'interaction' between the humans trying to solve the murders and the animals, instead of the animals trying to get the human's attention and getting ignored. There are some plot points that aren't finished but as this is a series I have only myself to blame, and it's not of much importance either. Would read again and would recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    This time, the focus is on horses, specifically, races and steeple-chasing. A brother and sister about to come into their inheritance and at odds with one another over it. The administrator of the estate, once in love with their deceased(body never found) mother, trying in vain to resolve their differences. And an old flame of their mother's, with his own horses to race. Of course, Harry is there, along with her friend Miranda and her cat Mrs. Murphy and T Tucker her corgi. Even the horses get i This time, the focus is on horses, specifically, races and steeple-chasing. A brother and sister about to come into their inheritance and at odds with one another over it. The administrator of the estate, once in love with their deceased(body never found) mother, trying in vain to resolve their differences. And an old flame of their mother's, with his own horses to race. Of course, Harry is there, along with her friend Miranda and her cat Mrs. Murphy and T Tucker her corgi. Even the horses get involved this time, trying to unravel murder, drugs, and old jealousies. A very cozy good read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aprilleigh

    Even better than the last one, and this time, even though I had the murderer down to two possibilities pretty quickly (I suspect this was by design) I wasn't certain which one it was until just before the big reveal. I was disappointed in the ending because it seemed a little forced to me. It just doesn't seem likely that a person with his background and training would lose his cool over a confrontation with someone who had neither a badge nor, as far as he knew, proof. It was a little too pat, Even better than the last one, and this time, even though I had the murderer down to two possibilities pretty quickly (I suspect this was by design) I wasn't certain which one it was until just before the big reveal. I was disappointed in the ending because it seemed a little forced to me. It just doesn't seem likely that a person with his background and training would lose his cool over a confrontation with someone who had neither a badge nor, as far as he knew, proof. It was a little too pat, but it was exciting and that made up for it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Morefield

    I totally enjoyed listening to this quirky, little, light mystery. It was fun and different. I am a huge fan of animals and love the part both pets and wild animals played in the story. I love that the animals communicated w/each other. I enjoyed it all playing out among horse racing. It was just a delightful little mystery. Next time I find one of these Mrs. Murphy books on sale, I am definitely getting it and con't w/this series. I really liked it and am happy I gave this series a try! I totally enjoyed listening to this quirky, little, light mystery. It was fun and different. I am a huge fan of animals and love the part both pets and wild animals played in the story. I love that the animals communicated w/each other. I enjoyed it all playing out among horse racing. It was just a delightful little mystery. Next time I find one of these Mrs. Murphy books on sale, I am definitely getting it and con't w/this series. I really liked it and am happy I gave this series a try!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    Another in the series featuring Mary "Harry" Haristeen, her cat Mrs. Murphy, and her dog Tucker, this story has them solving the murder of a jockey following a very important race held at the former home of James and Dolly Madison. There are lots of suspects and lots of clues, and in solving this mystery, the intrepid trio also solves an earlier murder that had remained unsolved for years. It is a very satisfying read that will resonate with animal lovers. Another in the series featuring Mary "Harry" Haristeen, her cat Mrs. Murphy, and her dog Tucker, this story has them solving the murder of a jockey following a very important race held at the former home of James and Dolly Madison. There are lots of suspects and lots of clues, and in solving this mystery, the intrepid trio also solves an earlier murder that had remained unsolved for years. It is a very satisfying read that will resonate with animal lovers.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    Yet another winner. This series is very consistent in its high quality writing, character development, and mystery. This is back to one of the older novels. It has more bite and substance than some of the newer ones. At first I found the characters more negative and sarcastic, but that seemed to die down. I think the earlier books have a bit more angst to them, but that also makes them meatier.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    This was a nice light read. Think will try to pick up the other books for this series. It's interesting to read the two different conversations, one by the humans and the other by the animals. I liked the little bio of the cast of characters at the beginning of the book also, it helped to be able to jump into the story knowing how everyone relates to the other. This was a nice light read. Think will try to pick up the other books for this series. It's interesting to read the two different conversations, one by the humans and the other by the animals. I liked the little bio of the cast of characters at the beginning of the book also, it helped to be able to jump into the story knowing how everyone relates to the other.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    This is a nice, cozy mystery. There’s a lot of fluffy extra that made the book drag a bit. The animals talking - but the people not understanding them - was a bit distracting but after I got use to it added to the charm. The mystery itself was good, I didn’t figure it out until near the end which is always nice. I would read more in this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Juliane

    The books get better and better. So far one of my favorites. Very compelling story, that made me finish the book super fast. I could not guess who it was up until the end. I caught myself more than once thinking about who might be the murder during the day. Maybe a little too many details about steeplechases, but nevertheless a great book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A little boring. None of the characters were very interesting. Addie and her problems were somewhat captivating, but I feel like the amount of attention she should have gotten was diminished and shifted over to the drug dealing. Nobody else had much character development. The most we got was BoomBoom trying to find herself and help Harry as well.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    These books are fun and simple which isn't a bad thing. Something I do find hilarious about this series is how at least 4 people are murdered like every year in this small town and no one...really says anything about that? I know that's how cozies work it's just still pretty humorous to me as a concept. These books are fun and simple which isn't a bad thing. Something I do find hilarious about this series is how at least 4 people are murdered like every year in this small town and no one...really says anything about that? I know that's how cozies work it's just still pretty humorous to me as a concept.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    The usual cast of characters is back in this next book in the series. When a jockey is killed at the steeplechase race, Harry, Mrs. Murphy, and Tucker lend the sheriff a hand in solving the mystery...after a few more people die along the way. Recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I am liking these more and more (I know, I know. VERY late to the party! But hey - there's so much fun to catch up on!). I like her ruminations, digressions, and of course the POV from cats, dogs, and this time, horses, mice, and a heron! So fun, and yet, keeps me guessing. I am liking these more and more (I know, I know. VERY late to the party! But hey - there's so much fun to catch up on!). I like her ruminations, digressions, and of course the POV from cats, dogs, and this time, horses, mice, and a heron! So fun, and yet, keeps me guessing.

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